218 Yu Yuan Lu,
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Architects: Yang Ximiao
Styles: Art Deco
According to a short item in the weekly travel section of The New York Times, the newly reopened Paramount Ballroom is “An Art Deco marvel with wild neon lights, offering ballroom dancing and an atmosphere that is a throwback to the 1930’s”. Elsewhere, I found that the building is the work of Chinese architect Yang Ximiao.
The Paramount Ballroom opened on 14th December 1933. After WWII, the Communist government took control and opened a small 300-seat Hongdu (Red Capital) Cinema in the building. By the 1990’s, the decaying building seemed destined for demolition, but it was finally purchased by Taiwanese entrepeneur Zhao Shichong, who has been restoring it to its former glory.
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